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Scala & Kolacny Brothers Audio CD
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A musical cameo in the David Fincher film ‘The Social Network’ and several songs used on trailers for Downton Abbey have seen Scala & Kolacny Brothers open their arms to a huge new audience.

The two brothers, backed by their all-girl choir, returned to the UK in December 2011 and performed 'With Or Without You' on ITV's Royal Variety Show with Britain's ... Read more in Amazon's Scala & Kolacny Brothers Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Dec 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wall of Sound
  • ASIN: B0067FJTCW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Nothing Else Matters (Originally performed by Metallica) 5:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Solsbury Hill (Originally performed by Peter Gabriel) 4:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Champagne Supernova (Originally performed by Oasis) 7:060.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. With Or Without You (String version) [Originally performed by U2] 5:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Everlong (Originally performed by Foo Fighters) 3:430.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Seashell 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Masquerade (Of Fools) 3:390.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Originally performed by Nirvana) 4:370.79  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

Many centuries ago - okay, in 2004 - a strange and beguiling version of the Divinyls' slightly mucky hit I Touch Myself emerged, sung by what sounded like a ghostly children's choir. It made for spooky mixtape fun at the time, and little else seemed to be known about the mysterious Scala Choir. Were they some sort of religious cult? Polyphonic Spree Juniors? All seemed shrouded in a cloak of mystery.

Fast-forward to late 2010, and The Social Network's trailer is accompanied by a hymnal version of Radiohead's Creep - turns out that it's by the same choir. More facts began to emerge: the group is the brainchild of two classically trained brothers Steven and Stijn Kolacny, and they have at their disposal a 200-strong all-girl choir… and a penchant for covering rock classics.

This compilation, billed as their UK debut (they've many more long-players available), features a range of rock classics from across the years. It takes in Metallica (Nothing Else Matters), U2 (With Or Without You), Oasis (Champagne Supernova), Depeche Mode (I Feel You) and Kings of Leon (Use Somebody). And then there's Alanis Morissette's Ironic - but that should only be ever covered in concrete and thrown into the sea.

The choir is undeniably brilliant at what they do, and there's no denying the loveliness and talent and pleasing mellowness, but where does this sit as an album? Is it an edgier easy listening? Paul Anka tried his hand at easying-up rock standards a few years back with his Rock Swings set, which featured songs by Soundgarden and Nirvana, so taking this material into rather less raucous waters isn't that new an idea. Is it lounge indie? A Twilight Swingle Singers? The point where the Jameses Blunt, Blake, Osterberg and Last naturally converge? Perhaps the selections here have become too much like standards, and the associations that many of the originals have attached to them may bog these versions down.

In small doses this album works perfectly - should a track pop up on a shuffle setting, it'll likely last its duration without the skip function being employed. But digging in the crates for rather more interesting songs to rework in this style would've added intrigue where there isn't any. Lesser-known tunes - I Touch Myself worked so well because it was a one-hit wonder reassessed - would enable Scala to shine a new light on previously unnoticed material. That said, the three self-penned numbers here - Our Last Fight, Masquerade (Of Fools) and Seashell - suggest that this project has ambitions beyond becoming little more than a novelty turn.

--Ian Wade

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5.0 out of 5 stars Patience Pays 15 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
We first heard The Scala Choir over 5 years ago and tried to 'track' down a CD of their work without success. We never gave up hope though and at long last this amazing and original choir have been added to our collection. So many favourite tracks, but we've always loved Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'; good to see Depeche Mode and Foo Fighters represented as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scala, Kolacny Brothers 28 Jun 2011
By Daphne
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic, easy on the ear album, adding contemporary voice to a lot of classics including u2, Foo Fighters, Nirvana etc. Brilliant. All female choir from Belgium are arranged and directed by the Kolacny brothers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Like a very good school choir 31 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album having been blown away by their cover of With or Without You. What impressed me most about that performance was that it was a true **arrangement** for choir, and not a mere transcription of an original. Too many choirs sing pop songs by simply duplicating all of the instruments in "bap dap dap" fashion, and the result is almost never well suited to voices. But Scala sang their own version of the song, transforming it in the process, showing us something in it that we hadn't heard before. This is what arrangements should do. And it was sung simply, purely, with tasteful piano accompaniment and judiciously-placed harmonies. I give With or Without You five stars, and if you can purchase just that song for download, I recommend it.

But as you listen to the album, a formula begins to emerge. Up-tempo songs are preserved more or less as recorded, with the piano supplying the rhythm and harmony, and the choir taking the vocals. More introspective songs are generally slowed down, and sung quietly and sadly. Few songs are improved by this process. Smells Like Teen Spirit is interesting, stripping away the grunge-rock to get at something darker and more introspective, and substituting Nirvana's alternating quiet / loud structure for one gradual build in volume. But their version of Radiohead's "Creep" takes the same approach, and I started to question whether smoothing out the cathartic outbursts of anger, replacing them with a constant passivity, is really such a good idea.

The choir is good. They sing in tune, and their voices blend well together, but unison melodies (with occasional harmony) are not difficult to sing, and this choir is always well within its comfort zone. They sing accurately, but that's about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars . 20 May 2013
By Alesya
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lived up to my expectations! absolutely love this record. love every minute of every track. excited to hear more from them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 2 Mar 2013
By suzana
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For people that do not know it its a great variation of songs that might be mainstream, but are sung in a child chorus, its lovely to hear
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angels with a piano 6 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album having liked Scala for a long time, originally attracted by their version of "Every step you take" by the Sting in the Downton tv series adverts and this certainly doesnt dissapoint.

Whilst I'm not a choir purist, I find the simplicity of voices with a piano is a refreshing twist on modern pop songs, creating a moving experience.
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